Quilt Preparation

Good preparation is the key to making a good quilt.  Here are some good tips:

  1. Where possible please leave the backing, wadding and patchwork top separate.  If they are currently together do not worry, I can separate them.
  2. When ironing the backing fabric, press any seams open
  3. Should you need to join together your backing fabric please allow a 1/2” seam allowance and remove any selvages prior to piecing the fabric together
  4. To help with the loading of your quilt on the machine and the tension of the fabric throughout the quilting process it is helpful to me if your wadding and backing fabric is at least 3” larger all around the quilt top.  Left over fabric will be returned to you.
  5. If you have purchased your own wadding and it is packaged in a plastic bag please check that it lies flat
  6. If you are adding a border to your patchwork top it is advisable to measure your quilt top prior to cutting your borders, ensuring that the border is then cut to the correct size.  This can help prevent a wavy border which can be difficult to quilt.  If you need assistance with your borders please do not hesitate to contact me, I do appreciate that not everyone has access to the space they may require. 

When you are ready please contact me to arrange a free consultation.  It is important that you feel comfortable to leave your quilt with me so all consultations carry no obligation.  

Throughout the Covid 19 pandemic it has not been possible to always meet in person and I have offered a high degree of flexibility through arranging collection, delivery and contactless drop offs.  Whilst we continue to be affected by the pandemic, and appreciating that not all of my customers will feel safe to be out and about, please do discuss with me if you are seeking for me to collect and deliver work.  I have travelled through Hampshire, up into Berkshire and across Portsmouth and the surrounding areas.  Depending on your location, I may make a charge towards the cost of my fuel. 

Alternatively, your quilt can be posted to me via Royal Mail, Parcel Force or Hermes and this service has worked well during the pandemic.